The Bayern U18 win the third-place game

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As they did last year, Real Madrid won the opening round of the "Adidas Next Generation Tournament" at the Audi Dome in Munich. In the final, Real won 104-88 against the Italian team, Stellazzurra Rome and won confidently after 20 balanced minutes of basketball. A total of around 3,000 spectators came to the Audi Dome over the three days.

The strongly rejuvenated U18 team from Bayern ended the EuroLeague junior tournament with a victory in front of 750 spectators in the third-place game against national rival Ludwigsburg (82-78). After reaching the final two years ago, the team coached by Andreas Wagner thus achieved its second best result and at the same time the second best of a German ANGT team. They celebrated two big wins in the opening round against ZSKA Moscow and Ulm but against Rome they lost the duel in the final on Saturday in front of almost 1,000 spectators. 

FCBB captain Sasha Grant in the All Tournament Team
The 17-year-old Bayern talent, Sasha Grant, who has already spent time with the pro squad of the German Champions was also elected to the All Tournament Team. The Italian averaged 15.5 points in the four games.

Rome's 16-year-old, Abramo Canka (16.8 ppg) and tournament top-scorer Eleftherios Mantzoukas from the Greek team Patras (32 ppg, with 49 points against Berlin -ANGT record) as well as Madrid's Center Eli John Ndiaye (16.5 ppg) and15-year-old Guard Juan Nunez (9.5 ppg, 5 apg) were selected as the top-five players of the tournament.



FC Bayern Basketball - Ludwigsburg 82-78 
The Bayern U18 team won against Ludwigsburg on Sunday with a great effort from start to finish. They quickly led 8-2 and then 15-5 before neighbouring team put up a strong fight. Good three-point shooting (7 out of 18) and free-throw rate (91%) secured the prestigious win in front of their own audience. The top scorer in this game was Filip Skobalj (Rostock), one of five guest players for the injury-weakened Bayern - he led with 26 points. Captain Grant had ten rebounds.  

"We are happy with third place and with three victories we have made the most of the weekend. In the short time the team has grown together with the guest players, so a big thanks to these guys and their clubs," said Bayern coach Andreas Wagner, who normally coaches the U19s for the FCBB. "I think everyone has learned a lot at this top-class tournament."

The U18 of the FCBB at ANGT 2020:
Simonas Lukosius (13.5 ppg), Filip Skobalj (15.3 ppg), Sasha Grant (15.5 ppg 6 rpb, 4.5 apg), Linus Hoffmann (8.8 ppg 6.3 rpg), Leif Möller (1.5), Luis Wulff (7), Mohamed Sillah (5, 7.3 rpg), Alexander Richardson (1), Michael Rataj (7), Benjamin Schröder (3), Sebastian Hartmann (1), Maxwell Dongmo Temoka.

Friday, January 17th:
Stellazzurra Rome - ratiopharm Ulm 91-65 
FC Bayern Basketball - ZSKA Moscow 69-55 
Alba Berlin - Porsche Ludwigsburg 43-88 
Real Madrid - Promitheas Patras 98-67 
CSKA Moscow - Stellazzurra Rome 61-100 
ratiopharm Ulm - FC Bayern Basketball 77-88 
Saturday, January 18th:
Promitheas Patras - Alba Berlin 93-87 
Porsche Ludwigsburg - Real Madrid 61-95 
ratiopharm Ulm - ZSKA Moscow 84-89 
Stellazzurra Rome - FC Bayern Basketball 97-73
Porsche Ludwigsburg - Promitheas Patras 95-88
Alba Berlin - Real Madrid 78-97
Sunday, January 19th:
At place 7: Alba Berlin - ratiopharm Ulm 81-59 
For fifth place: ZSKA Moscow - Promitheas Patras 83-82 
For 3rd place: FC Bayern Basketball - Porsche Ludwigsburg 82-78 
Final: Real Madrid - Stellazzurra Rome 104-88 
Photo Credit: Begum